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A Listing of Materials and Equipment 
for Managing Museum Collections 

Curatorial Services Division 

Cultural Resources, Washington Office 

National Park Service 

April 1990 


JUL 1 3 1990 



Introduction 2 

I. Record Keeping Supplies 4 

II. Storage Containers 10 

III. Specialty Curatorial Items 17 

IV. Natural History Supplies 21 

V. Museum Cabinetry, Shelving, and Specialty Racks 25 

VI. Environmental Monitoring and Control Apparatus 32 

VII. How to Get Assistance 38 

Supply Order Form 40 

Supply Source List 41 

Vendor Address List 47 

Index 52 


The Curatorial Services Division's Harpers Ferry office operates a program to assist parks in 
obtaining specialty supplies and equipment to properly care for museum collections. The 
supplies are provided in modest quantities free of charge. Source information can be 
provided when parks need to order larger quantities than can be provided by this program. 
For further information, call Curatorial Services Division. Supplies: 304-535-6132 (FTS 925- 
6132); Technical advice: 304-535-6072 (FTS 925-6072). 

Major pieces of museum equipment are available from the Division either through loan or 
through an equipment program funded through the Cultural Resources Preservation Fund 
(CRPF). Curatorial Services Division (CSD) issues an annual call to the regions requesting 
prioritized museum storage equipment needs. Based on those needs, funds are transferred to 
regions to puchase equipment. 

Having the NPS museum supply and equipment needs addressed through a centralized 
program yields benefits to the Service that may not be possible or practical if these needs 
were managed independently by individual parks. 

° The Curatorial Services Division is able to achieve cost economies by utilizing the General 
Services Administration (GSA) and Federal Supply System (FSS) contracts as well as by 
developing term contracts that reflect Servicewide needs and quantitites at quantity 
discounts. Contracts are negotiated that simplify purchases of museum equipment for 

° Improvements, refinements, and developments in museum equipment result from efforts 
between CSD and equipment manufacturers. 

To ensure that NPS collections receive optimum benefit from the specialized supplies and 
equipment used, research is conducted by CSD staff and contractors to determine 
appropriateness. For example, research was conducted on the proper pH, stability, and 
inertness of various storage materials. 

The supplies and equipment listed comply with standards in the Museum Handbook , Parts I 
and II. The list of supplies and equipment is grouped as follows: 

I. Record Keeping Supplies 

Marking, measuring, and photography materials as well as standard record keeping forms 
described in Museum Handbook , Part II, Museum Records. 

II. Storage Containers 

Boxes, folders, envelopes, enclosures, bags, and trays that chemically and physically 
protect museum objects. 

III. Specialty Curatorial Items 

Materials and devices useful in caring for collections, such as locks, gasket retrofit kits, 
gloves, etc. 

IV. Natural History Supplies 

Basic materials used to prepare and maintain herbarium, entomological, and wet 
specimens; official NPS labels for natural history specimens. 

V. Museum Cabinetry, Shelving, and Specialty Racks 

Cabinets, shelving units, and racks that have been designed or found applicable for the 
storage of museum collections. 

VI. Environmental Monitoring and Control Apparatus 

Instruments, devices, and materials recommended for measuring and controlling 
environmental conditions that affect museum collections. 

NOTE: Curatorial Services Division Inventory Numbers for supply items stocked are indicated 
in brackets following the item name. Source information can be provided for items listed 
without inventory numbers. Often a price is negotiated through the Servicewide 
contracting process. 

Please submit written requests using the Supply Order Form (which can be photocopied at 
the end of this catalog). However, if there are any questions about the use of supplies 
and equipment, please call the Curatorial Services Division. If there is an urgent need for 
supplies, orders may be placed by telephone. Also contact the Division for source 
information on items not stocked. 

Supplies: 304-535-6132 (FTS 925-6132) 
Technical Information: 304-535-6072 (FTS 925-6072) 



Record keeping materials are carefully selected and forms designed and printed to ensure 
consistency in archival quality, format, and function for accessioning and cataloging 
cultural and natural history collections. For instructions on using the following materials 
see Museum Handbook . Part II, Museum Records. 

Cataloging Kit 

This kit includes the materials used to examine, measure, test, and mark museum objects. 
The kit consists of the following items, which can be requested individually: 

- Plastic catalog box [C01 1 containing: 

- Bottle of clear lacquer [COS] - an acrylic resin/acetone lacquer used as a base spot 
foundation and top coat for marking numbers on museum objects. 

- Technical Pen (Rapidograph©) [CIO) - A drawing pen for marking catalog numbers in 
black ink. 

- Crowquill Pen [C30] - A pen for marking catalog numbers in white ink. 

- Permanent inks (black [C06] and white [C37J) - Fade resistant, indelible inks for 
marking numbers. The two inks provide visual contrast to objects of variable colors. 

Acceptable inks are Higgins Black Magic, Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph white No. 3080-F 
and Pelikan A white. 

- Pencil IC11) "H" hardness for marking paper objects. Pencil lead is hard enough not to 
smear, yet soft enough not to indent paper fibers. 

- Artist brushes [C21] (small sable tip) - Used as a lacquer applicator and to mark 
numbers on large equipment or furnishings. 

- 100% cotton textile marking tape [C15] - Catalog numbers are marked on this tape 
using permanent black ink; the tape is then sewn on a textile. 

- Needles [C161 and thread |C17| - Appropriately sized needles to minimize damage and 
durable cotton thread for sewing labels to textiles. 

- Clear rules |C14| (metric and SAE) 

- Tape measures (metal |C12) and cloth |C13|, metric and SAE) 

- Calipers |C18) 

Metric conversion table [C22j 

- Magnifying glass or linen tester |C20] - Used to closely examine 
object surfaces. 

- Magnet [C07) - Used to distinguish between ferrous (iron) and non-ferrous metal objects. 

- Tweezers [C19] (stamp handling type with squared ends) - Used to lift paper documents 
off flat surfaces. 

- White cotton gloves [C23] - Used when handling objects. 

Museum Forms 

Illustrations and instructions for completing these forms are provided in Museum Handbook , 
Part II, Museum Records. 

- Form 10-94, Collection Management Report |F08] - A required annua! report, providing 
annual statistics on incoming and outgoing objects and their documentation. 

- Form 10-95, Accession Receiving Report [F09] - Used to document receipt of objects and 
to collect from owner, field collector, or lender pertinent information on accession. 

- Form 10-95a, Accession Receiving Report List (F101 - Used to inventory objects in the 

- Form 10-96, NPS Archival and Manuscript Collection Container List IF11] - Used as an 
aid to inventory and describe contents in boxed archival collections. 

- Form 10-97, Object Temporary Removal Slip |F12) - Used in storage or exhibits in place 
of object to indicate object's removal from its assigned location. 

- Form 10-98, Incoming Loan Agreement |F13] - Used to document pertinent information 
regarding a loan to the NPS. 

- Form 10-98a, Incoming Loan Agreement Listing |F14| - Used to record an inventory list 
of objects included in a loan to the NPS. 

- Form 10-127, Loan of Specimens [F15] - Used for loans of museum objects from one 
park to another or from the NPS to an outside organization. 

- Form 10-252, Object Treatment Request - Used to document requests for conservation 
treatment. Available from Division of Conservation, Harpers Ferry Center. 

- Form 10-253, Accession Work Sheet [F58] - This work sheet lists the same accession data 
fields as the ANCS computer screen for cultural resource and natural history objects with 
additional space for description. Use as a rough draft, not for permanent record. 

- Form 10-254 (Rev.), Museum Catalog Record - Cultural Resource - This is the basic 
museum record card for cataloging cultural history museum objects. It has fields for 
classification, identification, and description. Used for cataloging archeology, ethnology, 
and history (including archives) objects. 

10-254-CR (3-part) [FOI] 
10-254-CR (2-part) |F50] 
10-254-CR (1-part) [F51] 

Form 10-254B, Museum Catalog Record - Natural History - The basic museum record for 
cataloging natural history specimens. Used to catalog biology, geology, and paleontology 

10-254-NH (3-part) [F03] 
10-254-NH (2-part) [F52] 
10-254-NH (1-part) |F53] 

Note: Both natural history and cultural resource cards are comprised of three parts [a 
white archival original copy, a blue working copy, and a white cardstock classification 
copy--card stock is optional for records completed using Automated National Catalog 
System (ANCS)]. Cards can be obtained in a three-part configuration with all three copies 
together or a two part configuration with the white original and the blue carbon copy 
together and the white cardstock classification file copy separate. 

Form 10-254C, Cultural Resource Catalog Work Sheet [F04] - This work sheet lists the 
same data fields as the ANCS computer screen for cultural resource objects with additional 
space for description. Use as a rough draft, not for permanent record. 

Form 10-254D, Natural History Catalog Work Sheet IF05| - This work sheet lists the 
same data fields as the ANCS computer screen for natural history specimens with 
additional space for description. Used as a rough draft, not for permanent records. 

Form 10-255, Accession Folder IF06) - This required folder has a checklist of all 
documentation needed for a proper accession and is used to contain documents pertaining 
to an accession. It is archival in quality and comes in letter size. 

Form 10-256, Accession Book |F07) - Bound book with double page entries. The paper is 
100% rag for permanence. 

Form 10-830, Deed of Gift |F16] - This form is a legal record required to document 
donations to the NPS. 

Form 10-254, Original [F31] and Working [F30] Copy Binders - A blue cloth-covered post 
binder is used to contain original copies of the Museum Catalog Record which are sent 
annually to the National Catalog. A green cloth-covered post binder is used to contain 
copies of the blue working copy. 

- Posts for Copy Binders 

2-1/2" [F33) 
3" |F34] 

- Form 10-349, Inventory of Museum Property (F54|. 

- Form 10-349A, Inventory of Museum Property, Continuation Sheet |F55|. 

Forms 10-349 and 10-349A are used in the annual inventory of cataloged museum 
property. See Museum Handbook , Part II, Chapter 4. 

- Form 349B, Inventory of Museum Property (Accessions) |F56|. 

- Form 349C, Inventory of Museum Property (Accessions), Continuation Sheet |F57). 

Forms 10-349B and 10-349C are used in the annual inventory of uncataloged museum 
property. See Museum Handbook , Part II, Chapter 4. 

- Gift Acknowledgement Certificate - This form is presented to a donor to acknowledge gifts 
of significant value. It comes in two sizes: a large size originally printed by the Bureau of 
Engraving and Printing and used for major contributions, and a small size used for other 
gifts. Consult with the Regional Curator regarding which size to use. 

Large Acknowledgement of Gift Certificate 8-1/2" x 11" |F38| 
Small Acknowledgement of Gift Certificate 3-3/4" x 6" |F39| 

- Natural History Labels - See the section on Natural History Supplies, category IV. 

Supplies for Object Photography 

For instructions on using the following equipment, refer to Appendix L in the Museum 
Handbook . Part II, Museum Records. 

- Photo ID Stands - Metal stands in two sizes, 3"x5" and 5"x8", used to indicate catalog 
number, roll number, and centimeter scale; photographed with the museum object. 

Large Photo ID Stand 5" x 8" face [C25] 
Small Photo ID Stand 3" x 5" face [C24] 

Magnetic Letters and Numbers - letters and numbers that are 
affixed to the ID stand to indicate park acronym, catalog number 
and the number of the photographic roll; 1/2" letters for use with 
small ID stand; 1" letters for use with large ID stand. 

Large Magnetic Letters |C29] 
Small Magnetic Letters |C28j 
Large Magnetic Numbers [C27] 
Small Magnetic Numbers |C26] 

"Roll" Label - Comes in small and large sizes that are affixed to 
the ID stand to indicate position of the roll number. Large is for 
use with large ID stand; small is for small ID stand. 

Large "Roll" Label 1" x 2-1/2" [C35] 
Small "Roll" Label 3/4" xl-1/2" [C34) 

Metric Scales - Two sizes, small (12 cm x 2 cm) and large (19 cm x 3 cm). Affixed to the 
ID stand to indicate scale in the object photo. Large is for use with large ID stand; small is 
for use with small ID stand. 

Large Metric Scale |C32) 
Small Metric Scale |C31) 

Magnetic Tape |C33| - 1/4" wide tape with a pressure-sensitive adhesive on one face that 
is applied to the centimeter scales and "Roll" attachment to allow them to be magnetically 
mounted on ID stand. 




Museum Handbooks and Manuals 


- Museum Handbook . Part I, Museum Collections |F44|, with binder (available 1990) < 

- Museum Handbook . Part II, Museum Records |F42), with binder 

- Automated National Catalog System Manual |l 46|, with binder 

- Conserve O Grams 
















Archival collections should be stored in the appropriate archival quality storage containers 
listed below. The pH of archival papers is 7.0 for acid-free and between 7-9.5 for acid- 
free and buffered. Plastic containers have a pH of 7.0. 

Archival File Folders 






Acid-free and buffered folders to contain and protect historic 
documents. Available in two sizes: 

Expanding Manuscript Folders 


12-1/4" x 10- 
14-3/4" x 10- 



An acid-free and buffered folder with an envelope pocket having 
a pleat that expands to over an inch. Used to contain documents 
in archival file folders grouped together as part of an organic 
collection. Comes in letter and legal sizes. 

Archival Sleeve-Type Paper Photo Enclosures 

4-3/8" x 5-3/8" [A01] 

5-3/8" x 7-3/8" [A02] 

8-1/2" x 10-1/2" [A03] 

11-1/2" x 14-1/2" [A04] 

Sleeve-type enclosures are open on one end and are acid-free and 
buffered to provide acceptable archival storage. They are used to 
store historic non-color photographic prints and cellulose nitrate 
negatives. Recommended when space is at a premium and 
minimum thickness of the envelope is required. Not suitable for 
use with albumen, cyanotype, and color photographic materials. 

Archival Folding-Type Paper Photo Enclosures (4-fold) 

4-1/16" x 5-1/16" |A05] 
5-1/16" x 7-1/16" [A061 
8-1/16" x 10-1/16" (A07) 

These enclosures are made of unbuffered alpha cellulose (high 
purity) paper. They have four flaps that fold in, enclosing the 
photograph, thus preventing it from inadvertently slipping out. 
The enclosure also prevents possible scratching of the surface 
when placing it into or removing it from a sleeve type envelope. 


The extra flaps create an extra thickness per envelope and are 
not recommended when storage space is limited. Suitable for 
black and white, albumen, glass plate, cyanotype, salt print, 
and color prints and negatives. 

Mylar (Polyester) Envelopes 

4" x 5" 


5" x 7" 


8" x 10" 


11" x 14" 


Available in the same sizes as the photo enclosures, these 
envelopes are of sleeve-type construction. Because buffered 
enclosures may react chemically with color prints or negatives, 
these non-reactive mylar envelopes are recommended for such 
items. They also can be used for black and white negatives and 
for storing fragile documents or photos that require repeated 

Foil-lined Envelopes 

Large size 12" x 15" 1A26] 

Small size 4-3/4" x 6-1/2" [A52] 

These paper-and-foil enclosures are used to contain nitrate 
negatives after the negatives are placed in buffered photo 
enclosures. The foil-lined envelopes are heat sealed with a 
plastic sealer or tacking iron and then placed in document 
boxes for cold freezer storage. Not for use in cool refrigerator 


Document Envelopes 


x 9" 



x 12" 



-1/2" x 



Envelopes with an opening and a flap on one side and a seam 
down the center of the envelope for storage of archival 
documents. Made of acid-free, buffered paper; not to be used 
for photographs or negatives because center seam can compress 
emulsion and possibly damage photographs. 

Archival Map Folders 

16" x 20" 
20" x 24" 

24" x 36" 
36" x 48" 

Although Curatorial Services Division does not stock archival map folders because their 
large size prevents shipment through the mail, source information is available for direct 
purchase by parks. 


These large, heavy-stock folders may be used with map; « bei larg 
photographs in print boxes em map cases. Blueprints should ce faced 
placement in buffered fc Jen 

Rare Document Folder [ A 1 3 ] 

9" x 11-1 2" 

Acid-free and buffered enclosure with folding flaps and a heav 
card-stc: . -.- that gives full containment and extra physical 
protection for extremely rare, fragile, or sens: - ■-. ;;:uments. 



Archival Interleaving Paper (3 sizes j 

11" x 14" 


16" x 20" 


20" x 24" 


Acid-free and buffered bond-stock paper used to separate documents and artwork within 
print boxes. 

M\lar Pohester [A57] 

A chemically inert plastic used to encapsulate documents : 
joining sheets with double-faced tape. Ideal for documents that 
need physical support. An additional advantage is that the 
document may be viewed from both sides without dire . 
touching it. It is available in 36" width rolls that are 1: long. 
Curatorial Services Division does not stock, but can provide source 
data, for ordering mylar in sheets. 

Double-faced tape [A49] 

A special tape (3M N: 415« made with acrylic adhesive that is 
used to join pieces of mylar when encapsulating historic 

Pol\eth\lepe Looseleaf Slide. Film Strip, and Photo Pages 

2" i 2" slides 


35mm film strip 


4\5" photos 


5" x 7" photos 


8r" x 11" inert plastic pages designed with pockets for holding the 
preceding photographic materials in a looseleaf binder format. 


Acid-free Tissue 

Buffered Tissue [All] 
Unbuffered Tissue [ Al 2] 

Buffered tissue in 20" x 30" sheets is used to give three-dimensional form to garments of 
cotton and other plant-derived fabrics. Good general purpose packing and lining material 
for wood and metal objects. 

Unbuffered tissue in 24" x 36" sheets is used with garments or objects made of animal- 
derived materials i.e., wool, silk, leather and horn. 

Archival Copy Paper |A39| 

8-1/2" x 11" sheets 

A 25% rag paper that is classified as maximum permanence. Used for copying documents 
for long-term preservation. 

Archival Photo Albums |A51) 

An archival-quality three-ring binder made to hold pages of acid- 
free and buffered paper or polyethylene pages. 

Interlocking seal Plastic Bags IZiplock (tm)| 

4" x 4" 


6" x 6" 


8" x 8" 


12" x 12" 


Bags made of clear, chemically inert polyethylene that have an 
interlocking seal closure. Used to contain archeological materials 
in archival boxes. 

Lab Pens |A50| 

A pen with special permanent ink made for writing on mylar or 
polyethylene plastic. 


Specimen Travs 




x 1.8" 



x 3.625" 





x 5.85" 





x 7.25" 





x 11.7" 





x 14.5" 





x 29" 




Originally made of chipboard and covered with white chromium paper, these trays now are 
made of buffered, acid-free board covered with an archival white paper. These are the 
standard containers for holding artifacts in storage. They are available in the modular 
system of sizes listed above, allowing a myriad of different configurations within NPS 
museum cabinets. 

Archival Document Boxes 








Made of acid-free and buffered board providing protection for 
documents placed in file folders. Capacity for folders is five 
linear inches. 

Archival Print Boxes 

11-1/2" x 14-1/2" x 3" [A20] 
16-1/2" x 20-1/2" x3" |A21| 
20-1/2" x 24-1/2" x 3" [A22] 

These drop-front boxes are made of acid-free, buffered board and 
are designed for flat storage of unframed artwork, prints, larger 
photographs and documents. 

Archival Photo Enclosure Boxes 

4" x 5" x 2-1/2" |A23] 
5" x 7" x 4-1/2" [A24] 
8" x 10" x 4" [A25] 

Boxes of acid-free and buffered board made to contain 
photographic enclosures and mylar envelopes listed earlier in this 


Acid-free Storage Box 

22" x 28" x 5" |A27] 

Made of acid-free, buffered board with a full telescopic lid. This 
box will fit within a standard cabinet but is strong enough for 
stacking on open shelving. It is a good storage container for 
smaller textiles and also is a chemically safe, general purpose 
container for most light-weight artifacts. The manufacturer can 
provide custom sizes. 

Archival Record Storage Box |A44] 

10" x 12" x 15" 

Acid-free and buffered corrugated fiberboard box with separate 
lid used to store documents in folders or archeological materials in 
Ziplock© bags. 

Special Boxes. Envelopes. Folders, and other Containers and Enclosures can be custom 
made by the manufacturers. If a park has special requirements, Curatorial Services Division 
can provide sources for these special containers. 





White Cotton Gloves |C23) 

100% cotton gloves for general handling of museum objects that need to be protected from 
oils, chemical compounds, and grime on the hands. 

White Cotton Sure-Grip Gloves [G18] 

Cotton gloves with vinyl dots covering the gripping surface that provide a secure grip for 
use when handling objects with highly polished surfaces. Also provides the same benefits as 
provided by white cotton gloves. 

Latex Gloves |M31] 

Thin latex rubber surgical-style gloves to use when handling conservation chemicals, objects 
with surfaces that would snag cotton gloves, and natural history specimens that may be 
treated with poisonous chemicals. Latex provides a secure grip and will not allow chemicals 
to contact skin. 

Brillianize [G10] 

An anti-static plexiglas cleaner that will not attract dust and, thereby, reduces scratching of 
plexiglas exhibit cases. 

Cotton Muslin (Unbleached) |G031 

In 40-yard length, 36" wide bolts. Used to make dust covers for steel shelving or individual 
objects and furnishings. 

Plastic Screen 

A section of nylon mesh screen is used when vacuuming textile objects in a park collection, 
after consultation with the Regional Curator and a conservator. This screen material is 
found in most hardware stores as plastic screen for screen doors and windows. The edges 
should be taped to prevent screen from catching on fabric being cleaned. Make sure the 
tape adhesive is fully covered to prevent it from contacting museum objects. 

Polyethylene Sheeting 

Clear plastic sheet in 4-6 mil thickness used to fabricate dust covers. Available at local 
building materials suppliers in a variety of widths, lengths, and thicknesses, or from GSA in 
10' and 16' wide rolls, 100' in length. 


Furniture Paste Wax 

Butchers Wax |G12| 
Staples Wax [Gil] 

A blend of synthetic and natural waxes for furniture care. Butchers wax for light colored 
woods. Staples wax for dark colored woods. (See Conserve O Gram 7/3) 

Respirators |M19| 

Equipped with organic vapor filters to protect personnel from 
fumes when handling chemicals used in curation (e.g., lacquer in 
confined spaces or when using conservation solvents and cleaners). 
Use of respirator should be in accordance with Loss Control 
Management Guideline (NPS-50), and the Museum Handbook . 
Part I. 

Vacuum Cleaner 

A vacuum with variable suction capability is required for general curatorial housekeeping 
and/or cleaning of textiles. The park will need to match collection needs with an 
appropriate style and brand. The Electrolux Grand Marquis and Mighty Maid Tank Vac 
(Canister Model) both have variable suction and have proven successful for museum use. 
Other styles may be appropriate for the individual park's needs. A backpack vacuum or 
vacuum with bumper pads may be appropriate for a park with furnished historic structures; 
a water filtered style for parks with extreme dust problems or a computer keyboard vacuum 
for small exhibits. Vacuums are generally on Federal Supply Schedule. 

Dusting Brushes 

Large 14" brush with soft 2" horsehair bristles and wooden handle 
[GOl], Small 9" brush with extremely soft 1" squirrel bristles |G13]. 
Both brushes are from GSA and are used to remove dust from 
furnishings and objects. Do not use with paintings, pastels, gilded 
frames, and objects with flaking or unstable surfaces. 

Round Aluminum-edged Tags 

Small tags 1-9/16" [C08] 
Large tags 2-1/4" |C09] 

Used for temporary marking of objects during the accessioning 


Polyethylene Drawer Liners [G061 

1/4" thick pads cut to the inside dimensions of a standard cabinet drawer. They are made of 
a chemically inert, closed-cell foam that will cushion artifacts from contact with metal 
drawers and shelves, and protect metal drawers and shelves from scratching by heavy 
artifacts such as rock specimens and metal objects. They also can be used for cavity 
packing to prevent objects from sliding in trays. Closed-cell polyethylene will not absorb 

Sash Lock [G07] 

The lift-off doors on older standard museum cabinets in parks 
often lack a locking device. Installing a keyed sash lock adds 
security for these cabinets. Fits all cabinets in NPS modular-size 

Retrofit Gasket Seal Kit [G17] 

Many older standard museum cabinets may be in good condition 
but have a pressure-sensitive polyurethane gasket seal. These 
gaskets deteriorate over a period of time and need replacement. 
This kit uses a more stable synthetic gasket that is mechanically 
attached using a pop riveting tool. Using the kit should be a 
one-time replacement of the cabinet gasket that is expected to 
last the life of the cabinet. 

Appliance Rollers IG081 

Museum cabinets are set on these plastic multi-wheeled platforms 
(a set of two per cabinet) to allow the cabinets to be moved for 
periodic cleaning of the area and also to raise the cabinets off the 
floor a minimum of two inches. A set of rollers has the capacity 
to hold two fully loaded, stacked standard cabinets. 

Conservation Supplies 

Consult with NPS conservators and the Regional Curator for proper use of and sources for 
conservation supplies such as: solvents, polishes, cleansers, surface coatings, detergents, etc. 





Pinning Travs. Cornell type 

Constructed of .05" cardboard and covered with acid-free white 
chrome paper. On the inside bottom is a polyethylene foam liner 
to mount pinned insects. Available in sizes: 

4-3/8" x 1-1/8" x 1-5/8" |N14| 

4-3/8" x 1-13/16" x 1-5/8" |N13J 

4-3/8" x 3-5/8" x 1-5/8" [N12) 

4-3/4" x 7-5/16" x 1-5/8" IN111 

Insect Pins 

Stainless steel pins for mounting insects. 

Size 000 [N20] 

Size 1 [N21] 

Size 4 |N22| 

Size 6 [N23| 

Insect Pinning Block |N24] 

Wooden block used to position insects and labels the appropriate 
distance from top of pin. 

Spreading Boards |N25] 

Used to spread winged insect for drying in the correct position. 

Herbarium Portfolio |N26j 

Used when plant collection is too small to warrant a herbarium 
cabinet. It holds up to 60 11-1/2" x 16-1/2" mounting sheets. 

Plant Press |N01] 

Consists of pressboard, wood frame, and cloth webbing straps. 
Standard press, 12" x 19". Used to press and dry plant specimens. 


Arsenic Test Kit 

A kit of special paper strips and reagent chemicals used to verify the presence of arsenic 
compound preservatives on natural history specimens. See Conserve O Gram 2/6. 

Drier [N28] 

Non-archival 12" x 19" blotting paper (component of plant press) 

Ventilator |N27] 

Non-archival 12" x 19" corrugated cardboard sheets (component of plant press) 

Mounting Sheets |N02) 

An 11-1/2" x 16-1/2" sheet of white, acid-free and buffered paper stock used to mount plant 

Herbarium Adhesive IN05] 

A polyvinylacetate glue used to affix plant specimen to mounting sheet. (4 oz.) 

Herbarium Folder (N03] 

A folder measuring 16-5/8" x 12", when folded, made of acid-free and buffered heavy-stock 
paper used to contain up to 100 mounting sheets. 

Herbarium Fragment Folder |N04] 

An acid-free and buffered paper enclosure used to contain plant 
fragments. Affixes to the mounting sheet. 

Specimen Vials and Jars 

1 dram [N07J 
4 dram |N08] 
8 dram [N09| 

Flint glass vials are suitable for containing small insects, beads, etc. Curatorial Services 
Division can provide source information on flint or borosilicate glass jars with plastic or 
glass spring clip lids in varied sizes. Jars are used to contain wet specimens of vertebrates, 
invertebrates, and plants in an alcohol solution. Parafilm can be used if necessary to 
provide a tighter seal for plastic lids. 


Hydrometer |N29] 

A calibrated glass tube filled with lead shot used to determine the 
specific gravity of alcohol solutions for the preservation of wet 

Porcelain Streak Plate |N30] 

Used to identify and determine characteristics of mineral specimens. 

Natural History Labels 

Illustrations and instructions for completing these labels are provided in Museum Handbook . 
Part II, Museum Records. 

Form 10-500 Wet Specimen Labels [F17J 

Form 10-501 Vertebrate Labels |F18) 

Form 10-502 Skull Vial or Box Label [F19| 

Form 10-503 Invertebrate Specimen Label |F20| 

Form 10-504 Geology Label |F21] 

Form 10-505 Paleontology Label |F22| 

Form 10-506 Wet Plant Label [F23] 

Form 10-507 Vertebrate Label (Small) |F24] 

Form 10-508 Egg Box Label |F251 

Form 10-509 Insect Label |F26| 

Form 10-510 Annotation Label [F271 

Form 10-511 Mineral Label |F28] 

Form 10-512 Herbarium Label [F29J 





Probably the single most effective action to preserve a collection is to store it in specialized 
museum storage equipment. Specialized museum cabinets have synthetic gaskets that create an 
interior microenvironment that buffers temperature and relative humidity fluctuations, prevents 
insect and vermin infestations, and prevents damage caused by light, dust and pollutants. A 
locked cabinet will provide the contents a degree of security. Shelving units are used to store 
objects too large or heavy to fit within museum storage cabinets. Special racks will accommodate 
hard-to-store objects. Curatorial Services Division does not stock cabinets and racks but can 
provide source data for ordering. 

The first three cabinets listed here are the primary cabinets of the National Park Service and 
form a modular system that allows easy and efficient organization of storage space. (See 
Conserve O Gram 4/4). 

Standard Museum Cabinet 

36-7/8" high, 29" wide, 32" deep 

A steel, heavy-duty, general purpose artifact storage cabinet 
equipped with a lift-off or swing-type door. The swing door has 
a keyed lock in the handle. A synthetic gasket creates a protective 
microenvironment within the interior. Its maximum capacity is 16 
drawers (measuring 1-7/8" high, 24-15/16" wide, 30" deep). 
Maximum weight capacity per drawer is 50 pounds. Cabinets can 
be stacked two high. 

Doublewide Museum Cabinet 

36-7/8" high, 58" wide, 32" deep 

An all-metal cabinet twice the width of a standard cabinet. It is 
designed for flat storage of lighter, larger artifacts such as 
garments, textiles, study skins, and ethnographic materials. It has 
double doors and a locking mechanism in the handle. The gasket 
is the same as in the standard cabinet. Its capacity is 16 drawers 
(measuring 30" deep, 52-3/4" wide, 1-7/8" high). The weight 
limit per drawer is 50 pounds. Cabinets can be stacked two high. 
Do not stack two standard cabinets on a doublewide cabinet 
because weight of standard cabinets can deform the doublewide. 


Wardrobe Museum Cabinet 

73-3/4" to 79" high, 58" wide, 32" deep 

A cabinet the size of four standard cabinets stacked two on two. 
It is designed to store garments having enough structural strength 
to be hung on padded hangers. A microenvironment is created 
using a synthetic gasket. The cabinet comes with a hat shelf and 
closet rod. The large open interior can be adapted by using racks 
to store rolled textiles. Some manufacturers make these cabinets 
with stock racks, shelves, and drawers for fully utilizing the 



Visual Storage Case (3 sizes) 

84" high, 36- 
84" high, 36- 
84" high, 48- 

3/8" wide, 16-1/4" deep 
3/8" wide, 22-1/4" deep 
3/8" wide, 22-1/2" deep 

This cabinet is used to store inorganic objects significant enough 
to justify visual storage. Objects can be exhibited and stored 
safely at the same time. The cabinet has lift-off swing double 
doors with locking handles. It has six adjustable shelves. The 
four viewing panels in the doors may be made of either ultraviolet 
light filtering plexiglas or safety glass. A cabinet with UV- 
filtering plexiglas© can be used as a rare book container. 

Entomology Cabinet (2 sizes) 

42-3/4" high, 23-3/16" wide, 20-1/3" deep 
84-1/8" high, 23-3/16" wide, 20-1/3" deep 

The 42-3/4" high steel unit has 12 drawers on glides. The 84-1/8" 
high steel unit has 24 drawers on glides. Both have a gasket, 
locking door handle, and label holder on the door. Both use 
Cornell-style drawers, that hold insect pinning trays in a system of 
modular sizes. 

Herbarium Cabinet (2 sizes) 

40" high, 25-5/32" wide, 18-25/32" deep 
84-1/8" high, 25-5/32" wide, 28-25/32" deep 

The 40" high cabinet has 12 compartments. The 84-1/8" high 
cabinet has 26 openings. This steel single-door cabinet has a 
gasket, locking door handle, and label holder on the door. 


Map Cabinet 

53-3/4" wide, 41-7/16" deep (Height according to number of 
drawer units) 


A steel cabinet with large, flat storage drawers obtained through 
the Federal Supply Schedule or through commercial vendors. Ir 
comes in three sizes, but the largest size is generally recommended. 
The height varies with the number of units that are stacked. Each 
five-drawer unit measures 15-3/8" high. The cabinet comes in 
multiples of five drawer units, a base, and a top, and can be used 
for storing large historic maps, prints, and documents. For proper 
protection, the items are placed in acid-free map folders before 
storing in the cabinet. Blueprints should be stored separately from 
other collection objects because of off-gasing . 

Large Flat Storage Cabinet 

Source data is available for a company that custom builds a counter-height cabinet with drawer 
sizes up to 5' x 10' to use for oversized historic maps, blueprints, etc. 

GSA Utility Cabinet 

78" high, 36" wide, 18" deep 

A metal cabinet with six adjustable shelves for storing museum 

Security Gun Vault 

80" high, 30" wide, 24-1/2" deep 

A heavy-duty metal gun cabinet with a vault door that provides 
high security for valuable firearms collections. The cabinet holds 
up to 17 to 30 long-arms measuring up to 78" in length on 
plexiglas© museum gun assemblies. 


Insulated File Cabinet (2 sizes) 

28-7/8" high, 20-3/4" wide, 32-15/16" deep 
55-1/4" high, 20-3/4" wide, 32-15/16" deep 

The 28-7/8" high cabinet has two drawers; the 55-1/4" high 
cabinet has four drawers. This is a Underwriters Laboratory (IjL) 
Class C (350°F-1 hour) rated insulated metal cabinet with a high 
security combination or keyed lock. This cabinet is required to 
house the park's museum records. Highly valuable documents and 
photograph collections also can be stored within. 

Media Safe, File, Insert 

Safe 24" wide, 59" high, 28-3/4" deep 

File 19-5/8" wide, 53-9/16" high, 31" deep 

Insert 10-3/4" wide, 5-7/8" high, 17" deep 

UL-rated (125°F - 1 hour) containers for the protection of plastic-base magnetic media 
(computer tapes/disks and audio/videotapes) against damage by fire. The use of these containers 
is required for housing computer diskettes and tapes produced during the record keeping process. 
These containers may also be used to hold photographic negatives and slides. 

Art Storage Racks 

There are a number of racks for storing framed artwork that vary 
in cost, capacity, and complexity. Advice on selecting the most 
appropriate racks is available. 

Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) Steel Shelving Units 

Available in a variety of sizes ranging from 24" wide, 12" deep and 
75" high up to 147" high, 48" wide, 36" deep; can hold up to 1200 
pounds per shelf. This type of shelving is used for storing 
artifacts too large to fit within specimen cabinets. 

UNICOR Pallet Racks 

A heavy-duty rack with depths of 36" and 48" and widths of 4' to 
16'; heights up to 14'. Used to store extremely large and heavy 
objects. Shelves can support weights up to 20,000 pounds. 


Wire Shelving 

A heavy-gauge, carbon or stainless steel wire rack ranging in size from 14" x 24" up to 24" x 72". 
Rack heights vary from 14-1/2" up to 86-5/8". This versatile shelving system can be used to 
house archival materials in document and print boxes. 

Slotted Angle Racks 

These racks are constructed using slotted metal angle that can be 
custom cut. This angle allows special configurations and 
construction of racks for extra large artifacts or for fitting racks 
within specific space requirements. Shelves are made either with 
metal panels from the manufacturers or with plywood coated with 
a two component epoxy paint. 

Compactor (Moveable- Aisle) System 

Moveable hand-operated, mechanical-assisted carriages for museum cabinets or shelving units 
that can be compressed to eliminate aisles between carriages. Space for one aisle only is needed 
to access any carriage. 

Specialized Storage Structure 

A prefabricated building system of superinsulated, foam core, 
metal-sheathed panels can be assembled inside of a building or 
outside to create a collection storage facility that is economical to 
construct, efficient to operate, and effective in creating 
appropriate environmental conditions. The system uses 
components as illustrated to quickly create a storage area. The 
manufacturer is on a federal supply contract and offers a GSA 
price that is approximately half of the retail price. 

Special Racks 

Curatorial Services Division has designed racks to meet specific storage needs and can provide 
drawings to illustrate solutions for problem storage situations, such as boat cradles, bed, and door 


Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet 

Available in a variety of sizes from 22" high x 17" wide x 17" deep to 67" high x 34" wide x 34" 
deep. Designed to comply with Occupation Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR 1910. 106d 
and National Fire Protection Association specifications for safety of staff and property. 
Recommended for storage of curatorial cleaning supplies and conservation solvents outside 
collection storage areas should be vented to the outside according to instructions provided with 
the cabinet. 

NOTE: The preceding equipment is in general use throughout the National Park Service. 
However, many manufacturers will build more specialized equipment to NPS specifications. If a 
park has special storage needs, first contact the Regional Curator. Then, the Curatorial Services 
Division can provide technical assistance in finding sources to meet specific requirements. 





A beneficial environment is conducive to the preservation of museum objects. In order to 
accurately monitor conditions of relative humidity (RH), temperature, light, biological pests, and 
pollutants that are appropriate for a museum collection, parks can obtain sources of supply, loans, 
or actual instruments from the Cu r atorial Services Division or the Regional Curator. Only the 
items listed with stock numbers are available from Curatorial Services Division. 

Humidity Indicator Strip [M16] 

A 4-1/4" x 1-1/2" paper strip with cobalt-chloride blotter 
segments that change color to indicate RH. These strips are an 
economical means of monitoring RH in special enclosures, exhibit 
cases, and museums cabinets. 

Hygrometer 4" [M021 

A dial instrument that indicates RH. Can be calibrated. Used in 
storage and exhibit areas when a recording hygrothermograph is 
unavailable. A hygrometer is not a recording instrument; 
therefore, a written log of periodic observations must be 
maintained to create a record of conditions. Use 2" diameter 
hygrometer in exhibit cases and 4" for storage areas. 

Thermo-Hygrometer 2" 

A dial instrument that indicates both RH and temperature, 
written log of observation. Used in exhibit cases. 

Can be calibrated. Requires a 

Thermometer |M03J 

The standard or maximum/minimum thermometers are 10"- 12" in 
length and measure air temperature in museum storage and exhibit 
areas. Readings need to be recorded manually. 


A recording instrument to monitor temperature and RH. Records 
conditions for periods of one week or one month on a rotating 
chart driven by either a spring wound mechanism or battery- 
operated clock. The size and color of the instruments vary with 
manufacturer, but a typical size is 12" high x 14" wide x 6" deep. 


Hygrothermograph Pen Points |M26| 

Metal pen points used to replace points that are damaged or worn out. Points require 
hygrothermograph ink. 

Hygrothermograph Charts 

Belfort Charts [M14] 
Weather Measure Charts [Ml 5] 
Sierra Misco (7 Day) [M22] 
Sierra Misco (30 Day) [M231 

Qualimetrics Charts (Model 5020-A) 
7 Day Chart #50202 (M321 
31 Day Chart #50208 [M33] 

Curatorial Services Division stocks charts for hygrothermographs manufactured by Belfort, 
Qualimetrics (Weather Measure), and Sierra Misco. 

Hygrothermograph Ink [ M 1 7 j 

A special purple ink that is deliquescent (i.e., absorbs moisture from the air and does not dry out 
as will regular drawing ink). 

Sling Psychrometer [M04] 

This instrument has two thermometers, one of which is covered 
with a cloth wick (wet bulb). After the wick is wetted and the 
instrument whirled for an appropriate period of time, a 
comparison (using a chart supplied with the instrument) of the wet 
bulb temperature and the temperature of the dry bulb 
thermometer will give an accurate determination of the RH. 
Psychrometers are used to calibrate hygrometers and 

Mechanized Psychrometer 

A battery powered fan regulates the air flow by the wet bulb, 
thereby reducing errors that can occur with the sling 
psychrometer. Curatorial Services Division can provide source 
information to purchase this device. 

Psychrometer Wick [M181 

Cotton cloth wick material used to replace soiled wicks on psychrometers. 


Electronic Thermo-Hygrometers 

RH and temperature determining devices that sense RH by 
changes in an electric current and temperature by use of a 
thermistor. Very accurate means of determining RH. Each 
Regional Curator has a Humichek© hygrometer that can be lent to 
parks for precise calibration of RH-sensing instruments at your 

Visible Light (Footcandle or Lux) Meter 

Used to determine light levels within storage and exhibit areas. 
These instruments employ an electronically-enhanced photo- 
voltaic cell that indicates light levels with digital or analog read- 

UV Monitor 

This low-range model is used to determine levels of ultraviolet 
radiation falling on objects in storage or exhibit areas. Used in 
conjunction with a visible light meter. Requires a minimum of 50 
lux or 5 footcandles of visible light to function properly. 


Portable dehumidifiers use a refrigerant or dessicant system to remove moisture from the air. 
They have an adjustable humidistat for regulating the level of humidity and come in various sizes 
and capacities. 


These portable devices add moisture to an area by blowing air through a moist pad on a rotating 
drum. They also have an adjustable humidistat and come in various sizes and capacities. 
Atomizing humidifiers should not be used because they emit a mist containing any impurities 
found in the water. 

Filter Sleeves for Fluorescent Lights |M10] 

Special 48" sleeves that fit over fluorescent light bulbs and filter 
out damaging ultraviolet radiation. Made of polyester plastic or 
plexiglas; and the sleeves can either be wrapped around the bulb 
or slipped over it. They can be cut to fit shorter length bulbs. 


Solar Control Window Coverings 

Clear Film [Mil] 

Light Tint Film [M12] 
Dark Tint Film |M13] 

Special window films are available to filter out ultraviolet radiation and varying amounts of 
visible light. Such filters generally are made of polyester plastic and are attached by a pressure 
sensitive adhesive backing. Rolls are 60" wide and 25' long. Although not stocked by the 
Curatorial Services Division, ultraviolet filtering plexiglas and Lexan may also be used to filter 
light coming through windows. 

Insect and Pest Trap |M25] 

The insect trap is a small open-ended cardboard box containing a 
sticky adhesive. Used to monitor for insect pests in the museum. 

Silica Gel 

1 unit bag [M06] .057 pound, 3" x 6" 

4 unit bag |M07] .229 pound, 5" x 5-1/2" 

16 unit bag |M08] .916 pound, 9-1/2" x 4-3/4" 

Indicating Gel |M09) 

This inert chemical is used in storage or exhibit situations for conditioning contained space 
to a specific RH or to remove moisture from the space. Available in bags of various 
quantities and can be reactivated by heating in an oven according to instructions on the bag. 
Indicating silica gel is provided with bags of regular gel. The indicating gel will turn pink 
when the gel needs to be reactivated and blue when reactivation is complete. 

Air Purifiers 

12-1/2" deep x 19-5/8" high x 25-1/8" wide 

Portable 120-volt plug-in devices that use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to 
clean air of particles down to .3 microns (.0000003 meters) in size. The units have 
activated-carbon filters to remove gaseous pollutants such as S0 2 , H 2 S, and NOx. 
Electrostatic precipitator air purifiers are not recommended because they emit high 
concentrations of damaging ozone. 

Silver Protector Strips (Tivn |M05| 

2" x 7" paper strips impregnated with activated carbon. When 
sealed in bags with silver objects, the strips will prevent tarnish. 


NOTE: The Curatorial Services Division can lend hygrothermographs, thermo-hygrometers, light 
meters, UV monitors, air purifiers, and dehumidifiers for time periods of one month up to one 
year. Regional Curators also have instruments for loan. If a park has special applications or 
problems with environmental monitoring or control, Curatorial Services Division can provide 
technical advice and source data for equipment that may help solve environmental problems. 





For museum supplies: 

- First check with the Regional Curator to determine if there are regional procedures to follow 
or regional sources to use. 

- Submit a written request using the order form provided in this section to list the items, 
inventory numbers, and quantities. 

- If there are questions about supplies or if technical advice is needed, contact Curatorial 
Services Division by telephone or memorandum. 

- If types of supplies required are not carried by Curatorial Services Division, or if required 
quantities are too large, sources can be provided. 

For equipment: 

- If the equipment need is long-term, contact the Regional Curator to place the request on the 
regional annual museum equipment needs list. This prioritized list will be 

submitted to the Curatorial Services Division for funding. 

- If the need for monitoring or conditioning equipment is for the short term, up to one year, 
contact the Regional Curator on the availability of an environmental monitoring kit that 
contains a Humichek© hygrometer, UV monitor, and visible light meter or with the Curatorial 
Services Division for an equipment loan. Equipment from the Curatorial Services Division 
will be provided as it becomes available. (See page 37.) 

For questions regarding: 

- storage techniques 

- special storage requirements 

- proper use of materials or equipment 

- source information for purchasing supplies or equipment 

- or any other curatorial problems 


First - Regional Curator 

Second - Curatorial Services Division 
National Park Service 
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425 
Telephone: 304-535-6132 Supplies (FTS 925-6132) 

304-535-6072 Technical Information (FTS 925-6072) 

The Tools of the Trade will be periodically updated. Any comments or suggestions for 
improvement should be sent to the Curatorial Services Division. We are particularly interested 
in how well the index works. 




National Park Service, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 




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NOTE: See Vendor Address List (pp. 47-51) for addresses of suppliers listed here. Items marked 
(*) generally are available in modest quantities by request through Curatorial Services Division. 
Suppliers should be contacted when quantities are too large for CSD to provide. This list does not 
constitute sole-source endorsement nor is it all inclusive. However, it is a compilation of vendors 
that have provided to the NPS a satisfactory product that has been used in the Supply and 
Equipment Program. 

*Acid-free Tissues 

Conservation Resources International 

Hollinger Corporation 

Light Impressions 

Pohlig Brothers 

Process Materials Corporation 

University Products 

*Appliance Rollers 
Dial Industries 

*Archival Containers, Enclosures, Boxes, etc. 
Conservation Resources International 
Hollinger Corporation 
Light Impressions 
Pohlig Brothers 
University Products 

*Archival Copy Paper 

Xerox Corporation 

Arsenic Test Kit 

VWR Scientific 

Art Storage Racks 

Crystalizations Systems, Inc. 

*Artist Brushes 

General Services Administration 
Local Art Store 

*Bag-Interlocking Seal (Ziplock© Type) 
General Services Administration 
Local Food or Department Store 

*Binders, catalog working and original copy; Handbook 
Elbe Products 
Looseleaf Binder Company 
McBee Loose Leaf Binders 
Optic Bindery 


Read Plastics 


*Butchers Wax 

Fitch Dustdown 


General Services Administration 


Fisher Scientific 
VWR Scientific 
Thomas Scientific 

Compactor Storage Systems 

Federal Supply Schedule for FSC Group 71, Part III, Section J 

Conservation Supplies (resins, adhesives, etc.) 
Conservation Materials Ltd. 

*Cotton Gloves, Sure-grip 

Man-How School Band Supply 
Hayden School Supply 

*Cotton Gloves, white 

John Plant Company 

*Crowquill Pen 

General Services Administration 

*Drawer Pads 

Granite Packaging 

*Dusting Brushes 

General Services Administration 

Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet 
Lab Safety Supply 

Gun Vault 

Browning Pro-Steel 

""Herbarium Folders, Mounting Sheets, Fragment Folders (acid-free) 
Herbarium Supply Company 

Humichek-Electronic Hygrometer 
Qualimetrics, Inc. 

*Humidity Indicator Strips 
Humidial Company 


Airguide Instrument Company 
Cole-Parmer Instrument Company 
Qualimetrics, Inc. 
Conservation Materials Ltd. 


*Hygrothermographs, Charts, Hygrothermograph Ink, Pen Points 
Belfort Instrument Company 
Cole-Parmer Instrument Company 
Qualimetrics, Inc. 
Sierra-Misco, Inc. 

*Inks, permanent 

General Services Administiation 
Rogers Office Supply 

*Insect Pins, Pinning Blocks, Trays, Plant Presses, etc. 
BioQuip Products 

Carolina Biological Supply Company 
Wards Natural Science Establishment 

Insulated Files, Media Files and Safes 
Fireking International 
Kardex Systems 
Meilink Safe Company 
Schwab Safe Company 


Chelsea Bottle Company 

Lab Equipment 

Fisher Scientific 
Thomas Scientific 

*Lacquer Bottles 

Penn Bottle & Supply Company 

*Lacquer Bottle Brushes and Closures 
National Novelty Brush 

*Latex Gloves 

VWR Scientific 

Light Meters 

Cole-Parmer Instrument Company 
Photo Research 
Qualimetrics, Inc. 

*Magnetic Letters and Numbers 
Magnetic Aids, Inc. 
Visual Systems, Inc. 


JobMaster Corporation 

Map Cabinets 
Jebco, Inc. 
Crystalizations Systems, Inc. 


Media Safes, Files, Inserts 
FireKing International 
Kardex Systems 
Meilink Safe Company 
Schwab Safe Company 

*Metric Scales 

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) 

Museum Cabinets 

Interior Steel Equipment Company 
Lane Science Equipment Company 
Steel Fixture Manufacturing Company 
Delta Designs Limited 

*Mylar Envelopes, Rolled Mylar 

AAA Brands Plastics Manufacturers 
Conservation Resources International 
University Products 

*Natural History Supplies 
BioQuip Products 

Carolina Biological Supply Company 
Wards Natural Science Establishment 

*Needles, Thread, Textile Marking Tape 
Local sewing supply 

NPS Forms (development) 

Branch of Paperwork Management, WASO 

Pallet Racks 

Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) 

*Pest Traps 

Summit Chemical Company 

♦Photo ID Stands 

Dixie Sheet Metal Works 

*Plastic Tackle Box for Cataloging Kit 
Flambeau Products 

*Polyethylene Slide, Photo Pages, Lab Pens 
Light Impressions Corporation 
University Products 

*Psychrometer, mechanized 
Qualimetrics, Inc. 


Federal Supply Schedule Vendor 

♦"Roll" Label 

Curatorial ServicesDivision 


*Sash lock 

Blades Lock Company 

Shelving Units 

Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) 

♦Silica Gel 

Eagle Chemical Company 

*Sling Psychrometers 

General Services Administration 
Qualimetrics, Inc. 

*Solar Control Film 
3-M Company 
Madico, Inc. 
Martin Processing 
National Glass Coatings Company 
Transparent Glass Coatings Company 

♦Specimen Trays 

Murray & Heister, Inc. 

♦Staples Wax 

H. F. Staples & Company 

Storage Structures 

Bally Engineered Structures 
Shirley A. Dyak and Associates 

♦Tags, round 

General Services Administration 

♦Tape Measure, cloth 

Local sewing supply 

♦Tape Measure, metal 

General Services Administration 

♦Technical pen (Rapidograph [tm]) 

General Services Administration 

♦Textile Marking Tape 

Local sewing supply 


Conservation Materials Ltd. 


Airguide Instrument Company 


Techni-Tool, Inc. 

♦UV Filter Sleeves 

Solar Screen Corporation 


UV Light Meters 

Qualimetrics, Inc. 

Vacuum Cleaners 

Federal Supply Schedule Vendors 
Electrolux Corporation 
District Supply 


Fisher Scientific 

Lapine Scientific Company 

VWR Scientific 

Wire Racks 

InterMetro Industries 



AAA Brands Plastics Manufacturers 
P.O. Box 5677 
Philadelphia, PA 19129 

Chelsea Bottle Company 
P.O. Box 6330 

Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150 

Airguide Instrument Company 
2210 Wabansia 
Chicago, 111 inois 60647 

Cole-Parmer Instrument Company 
7425 North Oak Avenue 
Chicago, Illinois 60648 

Bally Engineered Structures 
P.O. Box 98 

Bally, Pennsylvania 19503 

Bel fort Instrument Company 
727 South Wolfe Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21231 

BioQuip Products 

1320 East Franklin Avenue 
El Secundo, California 90245 

Blades Lock Company 

1815 Bryant Street, NE 
Washington, DC 20018 

Branch of Paperwork Management 
Jerry Buckbinder 
NPS-WAS0-P.0. Box 37127 
Washington, DC 20013-7127 

Browning Pro-Steel 
P.O. Box 977 
Provo, Utah 84601 

Carolina Biological Supply Company 
2700 York Road 
Burlington, NC 27215 

Conservation Materials LTD 
240 Freeport Boulevard 
P.O. Box 2884 
Sparks, Nevada 89431 

Conservation Resources Interntl . 
8000-H Forbes Place 
Springfield, Virginia 22151 

Crystal izations Systems, Inc. 
1595A Ocean Avenue 
Bohemia, New York 11716 

Delta Designs Ltd. 
P.O. Box 1733 
Topeka, Kansas 66601 

Dial Industries 

1538 Esperanza Street 

Los Angeles, California 90023 


District Supply, Inc. 
5123 Lawrence Place 
Hyattsville, Maryland 

Dixie Sheet Metal Works 
P.O. Box 611 

Falls Church, Virginia 22046 


Eagle Chemical Company 
P.O. Box 107 
Mobile, Alabama 36601 

Electrolux Corporation 
3003 Summer Street 
Stanford, Connecticut 06905 

Elbe Products 
P.O. Box 951 

Fall River, Massachusetts 02722 

Federal Prison Industries, Inc. 

Metal and Wood Division 
320 First Street, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20534 

Fireking International 
900 Park Place 
New Albany, Indiana 47150 

Fisher Scientific 
7722 Fenton Street 
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 

Fitch Dustdown 

2201 Russell Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21224 

Flambeau Products Corporation 
P.O. Box 97 

Middlefield, Ohio 44062 

General Services Administration 
(Use Regional GSA Source) 

Granite Packaging 

1601 John Tipton Boulevard 
Pennsauken, New Jersey 08110 

H. F. Staples & Company 
P.O. Box 956 

Merrimack, New Hampshire 03059 

Hayden School Supply 
P.O. Box 27777 
Tempe, Arizona 85282 

Herbarium Supply Company 
P.O. Box 883003 

San Francisco, California 94188 

Hoi linger Corporation 
P.O. Box 8360 

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404 
703-898-7300 " 

Humidial Company 
P.O. Box 464 

Colton, California 92324 

Interior Steel Equipment Co. 
2352 East 69th Street 
Cleveland, Ohio 44104 

InterMetro Industries 
Pennsylvania 18705 

Jebco, Inc. 
P.O. Box 112 

Warrenton, Georgia 30828 

Jobmaster Corporation 
9010 Liberty Road 
Randallstown, MD 21133 

John Plant Company 
P.O. Box 527 

Ramseur, North Carolina 27316 


Kardex Systems 

Government Order Entry 
P.O. Box 171 
Marietta, Ohio 45750 

Lab Safety Supply 
P.O. Box 1368 

Janesville, Wisconsin 53547 

Lapine Scientific Company 
371 Chestnut Street 
Norwood, New Jersey 07648 

McBee Loose Leaf Binders 

2233 Wisconsin Ave - Suite 306 
Washington, DC 20007 

Meilink Safe Company 

6245 Industrial Parkway 

Box 2458 

Whitehouse, Ohio 43571 


Micas, Inc. 

10535 Metropolitan Avenue 
Kensington, Maryland 20895 

Lane Science Equipment Co. 

225 West 34th Street, Suite 1412 
New York, New York 10122 

Light Impressions Corporation 
P.O. Box 940 

Rochester, New York 14603 

Loose Leaf Binder Company 
P.O. Box 6033 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154 

Madico, Inc. 

45 Industrial Parkway 

P.O. Box 4023 

Woburn, Massachusetts 01888 


Magnetic Aids, Inc. 

133 North 10th Street 
Patterson, New Jersey 05722 

Man-How School Band Supply 
P.O. Box 2705 
Trenton, New Jersey 08607 

Martin Processing 
P.O. Box 5068 

Martinsville, Virginia 24115 

3-M Company 

Energy Control Products Division 

3-M Center 

St. Paul, Minnesota 55144 


Murray & Heister Inc. 
10738 Tucker Street 
Beltsville, Maryland 20705 

National Glass Coatings Company 
P.O. Box 3323 
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 

National Novelty Brush 
P.O. Box 4096 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604 

Optic Bindery 
101 Dover Road 
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 

Penn Bottle & Supply Co. 
7150 Lindbergh Boulevard 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153 

Photo Research 

3000 North Hollywood Way 
Burbank, California 91505 


Pohlig Brothers 
Century Division 
P.O. Box 8069 
Richmond, Virginia 23223 

Process Materials Corporation 
301 Veterans Boulevard 
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070 

Qual imetrics, Inc. 
31 Airport Road 
P.O. Box 230 

Princeton, New Jersey 08542 

Qual imetrics, Inc. 
P.O. Box 41039 

Sacramento, California 95841 

Steel Fixture Manufacturing Co. 
P.O. Box 917 
Topeka, Kansas 66601 

Summit Chemical Company 
7657 Canton Center Drive 
Baltimore, Maryland 21224 

Techni-Tool Inc. 
Apollo Road 
P.O. Box 368 

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 

Thomas Scientific 
99 High Hill Road 
P.O. Box 99 

Swedesboro, New Jersey 08085 

Read Plastics 

12331 Wilkins Avenue 
Rockville, Maryland 20852 

Transparent Glass Coatings Co. 
1959 South La Cienega Blvd. 
Los Angeles, California 90034 

Rogers Office Supply 

110 North Market Street 
Frederick, Maryland 21701 

Schwab Safe Company 
P.O. Box 5088 
Lafayette, Indiana 47904 

Shirley A. Dyak & Associates 
97 Poplar Grove Road 
Warrenton, Virginia 22186 

Sierra-Misco, Inc. 

1825 Eastshore Highway 
Berkeley, California 94710 

Solar Screen Corporation 
53-11 105th Street 
Corona, New York 11368 

U.S. Government Printing Office 
Superintendent of Documents 
Washington, D.C. 20402 

United States Safety Service 
P.O. Box 1237 

Kansas City, Missouri 64141 

University Products 
P.O. Box 101 

Holyoke, Massachusetts 01041 

VWR Scientific 
6601 Amberton 
Baltimore, Maryland 21227 

Visual Systems 

1596 Rockville Pike 
Rockville, Maryland 20852-1686 


Wards Natural Science Establishmnt 
5100 West Henrietta Road 
Rochester, New York 14692 


1000 N. Tenth Street 
Millville, New Jersey 08332 

Xerox Corporation 
P.O. Box 9670 
Arlington, Virginia 22209 



Access Receiv Rpt 10-95 [F09] 6 

Access Rec Rpt List 10-95a [F10].. 6 

Accession Book 10-256 [F07] 7 

Accession Folder 10-255 [F06] 7 

Acid-free Storage Box 22x28 [A27J.16 

Air Purifiers 36 

ANCS Manual [F46] 9 

Annotation Label 10-510 [F27] 24 

Appliance Rollers [G08] 20 

Archival Photo Album [A51] 14 

Archival Copy Paper 8^x11 [A39] ... 14 

Archival Photo Enc. 4x5 [A01] 11 

Archival Photo Enc. 5x7 [A02] 11 

Archival Photo Enc. 8x10 [A03] 11 

Archival Photo Enc. 11x14 [A04J...11 

Arch. Document Env. 6x9 [A08] 12 

Arch. Document Env. 9x12 [A09] 12 

Arch. Document Env. 11x15 [A10] ... 12 

Arch. Print Box 11x14 [A20] 15 

Arch. Print Box 16x20 [A21] 15 

Arch. Print Box 20x24 [A22] 15 

Arsenic Test Kit [N10] 23 

Art Storage Racks 29 

Artist Brush Set [C21] 5 

Belfort Charts [M14] 34 

Brillianize [G10] 18 

Calipers [C18] 5 

Catalog Box [C01] 5 

Catalog Record 10-254CR 3pt [F01]. 6 
Catalog Record 10-254CR 2pt [F50]. 6 
Catalog Record 10-254CR lpt [F51 ] . 6 
Catalog Record 10-254NH 3pt [F03] . 7 
Catalog Record 10-254NH 2pt [F52]. 7 
Catalog Record 10-254NH lpt [F53] . 7 
Catalog Work Sheet 10-254C [F04].. 7 
Catalog Work Sheet 10-254D [F05].. 7 

Clear Lacquer [C05]..... 5 

Collection Mgmt Rept 10-94 [F08].. 6 
Compactor Moveable-Aisle Storage.. 30 

Conserve Gram 9 

Container List 10-96 [Fll] 6 

Copy Binders, Original [F31] 7 

Copy Binders, Working [F30] 7 

Cotton Gloves, sure-grip [G18] .... 18 

Cotton Gloves, white [C23] 6 

Crowquill Pen [C30] 5 

Deed of Gift 10-830 [F16] 7 

Dehumidifier 35 

Doublewide Museum Cabinet 26 

Document Box, letter [A18] 15 

Document Box, legal [A19] 15 

Double-faced tape [A49] 13 

Drawer Pads [G06] 20 

Dusting Brush, large [G01] 19 

Dusting Brush, small [G13] 19 

Egg Box Label 10-508 [F25] 24 

Entomology Cabinet 27 

Expan Manu Folder, letter [A16] . . 11 
Expan Manu Folder, legal [ Al 7 ] . . .11 

File Folders, Legal [A15] 11 

File Folders, Letter [A14] 11 

Flammable Liquid Storage Cab 31 

Flat Storage Cabinet, Large 28 

Foil-lined Env. 10x12 [A26] 12 

4-Fold Photo Enc. 4x5 [A05] 11 

4-Fold Photo Enc. 5x7 [A06] 11 

4-Fold Photo Enc. 8x10 [A07] 11 

GSA Utility Cabinet 28 

Geology Label 10-504 [F21] 24 

Gift Acknowledgement, Lg [F38]... 8 
Gift Acknowledgement, Sm [F39]... 8 
Gun Vault, Security 28 

Herbarium Blotter (Drier) [N28]..23 

Herbarium Cabinet 27 

Herbarium Corr Ventilator [N27] . . 23 

Herbarium Folder [N03] 23 

Herbarium Fragment Folder [N04] . .23 

Herbarium Glue [N05] 23 

Herbarium Label 10-512 [F29] 24 

Herbarium Mounting Sheets [N02] . .23 

Herbarium Portfolio [N26] 22 

Humidity Indicating Strips [M16] .33 

Humidifier 35 

Hydrometer [N29] 24 

Hygrometer [M02] 33 

Hygrometer, Electronic 35 

Hygrothermograph 33 

Hygrothermograph Charts 34 

Hygrothermograph Point [M26] 34 


Incoming Loan Agree 10-98 [F13]... 6 
Incoming Loan List 10-98A [F14]... 6 

Ink, Black Permanent [C06] 5 

Ink, Hygrothermograph [M17] 34 

Ink, White Permanent [C37] 5 

Insect Label 10-509 [F26] 24 

Insect Pin, size 000 [N20] 22 

Insect Pin, size 1 [N21] 22 

Insect Pin, size 4 [N22] 22 

Insect Pin, size 6 [N23] 22 

Insect Pinning Bloc [N24] 22 

Insect Spreading Board [N25] 22 

Insect Tray 4x1x1 [N14] 22 

Insect Tray 4x2x1 [N13] 22 

Insect Tray 4x3x1 [N12] 22 

Insect Tray 4x7x1 [Nil] 22 

Insulated File Cabinet 29 

Inventory Mus Prop, 10-349 [F54].. 7 
Inventory Mus Prop, 10-349A [F55]. 7 
Inventory Mus Prop, 10-349B [F56]. 8 
Inventory Mus Prop, 10-349C [F57] . 8 
Interleaving Paper 11x14 [A36] .... 13 

Interleaving Paper 16x20 [A37] 13 

Interleaving Paper 20x24 [A38] 13 

Invertebrate Label 10-503 [F20] . . .24 

Jar, 4-oz [N16] 23 

Jar, 8-oz [N17] 23 

Jar, 16-oz [N18] 23 

Jar, 32-oz [N19] 23 

Lab Pen [A50] 15 

Latex Gloves [M31] 18 

List of Objects 10-95A [F10] 6 

Loan of Specimen 10-127 [F15] 6 

Magnet [C07] 6 

Magnetic Letters 1/2" [C28] 8 

Magnetic Letters 1" [C29] 8 

Magnetic Numbers 1/2" [C26] 8 

Magnetic Numbers 1" [C27] 8 

Magnifier [C20] 6 

Map Cabinet 28 

Map Folder 12 

Media Safe, File, Insert 29 

Metric Conversion Chart [C22] 5 

Metric Scale, small [C31] 9 

Metric Scale, large [C32] 9 

Mineral Label 10-511 [F28] 24 

Museum Handbook, Part I [F44] 9 

Museum Handbook, Part II [ F42] 9 

Muslin 36"x40 yd bolt [G03] 18 

Mylar Envelope 4x5 [A53] 12 

Mylar Envelope 5x7 [A54] 12 

Mylar Envelope 8x10 [A55] 12 

Mylar Envelope 11x14 [A56] 12 

Mylar Roll 36x100 [A57] 13 

Needles [C16] 5 

Object Treatment Req [10-252] 6 

Paleontology Label 10-505 [F22] . .24 

Pallet Racks 29 

Pencil "H" [Cll] 5 

Pest Traps, Mr. Sticky [M25] 36 

Photo Enclosure Box 4x5 [A23] 15 

Photo Enclosure Box 5x7 [A24] 15 

Photo Enclosure Box 8x10 [A25] ... 15 

Photo ID Stand 3x5 [C24] 8 

Photo ID Stand 5x8 [C25] 8 

Plant Press [N01] 22 

Plastic Screen 18 

Poly Photo Page 4x5 [A42] 14 

Poly Photo Page 5x7 [A43] 14 

Poly Slide Paqe [A41] 14 

Poly 35mm Film Page [A40] 14 

Polyethylene Sheeting 19 

Post 2-1/2" [F33] 7 

Post 3" [F34] 7 

Psychrometer, Mechanized 34 

Psychrometer Wick [M18] 34 

Racks, Special 30 

Rapidograph Pen [C10] 5 

Rare Doc. Folder 9x11 [A13] 13 

Record Storage Box [A44] 16 

Respirator w/filters [M19] 19 

Retrofit Gasket [G17] 20 

Roll Label, small [C34] 8 

Roll Label, large [C35] 8 

Ruler, Clear [C14] 5 

Sash Lock [G07] 20 

Sierra Misco 7 Day Charts [M22] . .34 
Sierra Misco 30 Day Charts [M23] .34 

Silica Gel 1 unit [M06] 36 

Silica Gel 4 unit [M07] 36 

Silica Gel 16 unit [M08] 36 

Silica Gel Indicating [M09] 36 

Silver Protect Strip [M05] 36 

Skull Box Label 10-502 [F19] 24 

Sling Psychrometer [M04] 34 

Slotted Angle Racks 30 


Solar Control, Clear [Mil] 36 Ziplock Bag 4x4 [A45] 14 

Solar Control, Light [M12] 36 Ziplock Bag 6x6 [A46] 14 

Solar Control, Dark [M13] 36 Ziplock Bag 8x8 [A47] 14 

Specialized Storage Structure 30 Ziplock Bag 12x12 [A48] 14 

Specimen Tray 1x2 [A28] 15 

Specimen Tray 2x3 [A29] 15 

Specimen Tray 3x5 [A30] 15 

Specimen Tray 5x7 [A31] 15 

Specimen Tray 7x11 [A32] 15 

Specimen Tray 11x14 [A33] 15 

Specimen Tray 5x29 [A34] 15 

Standard Museum Cabinet 26 

Steel Shelving 29 

Streak Plates [N30] 24 

Tags, Round 1-9/16" [C08] 19 

Tags, Round 2-1/4" [C09] 19 

Tape, Magnetic [C33] 9 

Tape Measure, Metal [C12] 5 

Tape Measure, Cloth [C13] 5 

Temporary Removal 10-97 [ F 12] 6 

Textile Marking Tape [C15] 5 

Thermometer [M03] 33 

Thread [C17] 5 

Tissue, buffered [All] 14 

Tissue, unbuffered [A12] 14 

Tweezers [C19] 6 

UV Filter Sleeves [M10] 35 

UV Monitor 35 

Vertebrate Label 10-501 [F18] 24 

Vertebrate, small 10-507 [F24] 24 

Vial, 1-dram [N07] 23 

Vial, 4-dram [N08] 23 

Vial, 8-dram [N09] 23 

Visible Light Meter 35 

Visual Storage Case 27 

Wardrobe Museum Cabinet 27 

Wax, Butchers [G12] 19 

Wax, Staples [Gil] 19 

Weathermeasur Charts [M15] 34 

Wet Plant Label 10-506 [F23] 24 

Wet Specimen 10-500 [F17] 24 

Wire Shelving 30 

Worksheet, 10-254C [F04] 7 

Worksheet, 10-254D [F05] 7 


We thank the following companies for contributing illustrations for use in this listing: 

Airguide Instrument Company 

Blaydes Lock Company 

Carolina Biological Supply Company 

Conservation Resources International 

Crystalizations Systems, Inc. 

Hollinger Corporation 

Interior Steel Equipment Company 

Light Impressions Corporation 

Provo Steel and Supply Company 

Qualimetrics Incorporated 

Steel Fixtures Manufacturing Company 

Thomas Scientific 

University Products 

Wards Natural Science Establishment 



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